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Street 750 vs. Iron 883

Ok, I'm a fairly new rider but i think handling the 750 should be fine. However I've lusted after an iron 883 for some time. Is that a big step up as far as weight and size and weight distribution? Is an 883 cc too big for me as a beginner? When i ask friends they all tell me to go to the 883. When i asked a fellow rider friend he says get the 1200 lol. I don't think i need 1200ccs I am currently riding a 300cc and love it but its not exactly highway friendly and is unreliable. I am saving up for a new bike and have really narrowed it down to the street 750 and the 883. The price difference between the two is not a big gap so the decision is tricky. Splurge a little and get the 883 or stay with the 750? Another possibility is a used 883 but i don't know if I wanna go the used route. What i have now is used and problem after problem. Any input is appreciated, Thanks.
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I think that as a beginner you will be happy with the Street 750. If you can find something on the used market I would go for it, but otherwise I would just stick to the 750.
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Ok, I'm a fairly new rider but i think handling the 750 should be fine. However I've lusted after an iron 883 for some time. Is that a big step up as far as weight and size and weight distribution? Is an 883 cc too big for me as a beginner? When i ask friends they all tell me to go to the 883. When i asked a fellow rider friend he says get the 1200 lol. I don't think i need 1200ccs I am currently riding a 300cc and love it but its not exactly highway friendly and is unreliable. I am saving up for a new bike and have really narrowed it down to the street 750 and the 883. The price difference between the two is not a big gap so the decision is tricky. Splurge a little and get the 883 or stay with the 750? Another possibility is a used 883 but i don't know if I wanna go the used route. What i have now is used and problem after problem. Any input is appreciated, Thanks.
Nothing wrong with an Iron 883. The Evo engine in the Sportsters are very reliable. I can't say about your area, but there are literally hundreds of Sportsters on Craigslist within short driving distance, at any given time. Most have very few miles. I just bought a 2006 XL1200C last August with 6,000 miles. Just check NADA or Kelley Blue Book for values before buying as most are listed for way more than they are worth.
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Thanks guys. I think I'd be fine with a 750 too just have to test drive one I guess. Thats the only thing I worry about, no one can actually review them yet and I'm not sure if I wanna wait to get one. I know harley guys are gonna give street riders a hard time cuz they give sportster guys a hard time. But if I really gave 2 $#!+$ what people say I wouldn't be on 2 wheels in the first place. I value people's opinions on here though. Ya'll are just trying to help.
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I think we made another thread here comparing the Street to the Iron

Honestly both are sweet motorcycles

if you like the styling of the iron go for it.
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I think we made another thread here comparing the Street to the Iron

Honestly both are sweet motorcycles

if you like the styling of the iron go for it.
Sorry, i hadn't seen it or i would have posted there first. I found it now, thanks for the heads up, reading that thread now.
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Get what ever bike that feels good to you. Best to wait and take them out for a test ride both the same day, side by side. Go home think about it then go back and ride them both again.

If you ride mostly in the stop and go traffic the Street would be my first choice. If not I do like the look of the Sportster.

I do own a black XR1200x Sportster.
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They both work great. I think the best thing to do is wait for the 750 and go and check out both

I am also a fan of the Iron
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Ok, I'm a fairly new rider but i think handling the 750 should be fine. However I've lusted after an iron 883 for some time. Is that a big step up as far as weight and size and weight distribution? Is an 883 cc too big for me as a beginner? When i ask friends they all tell me to go to the 883. When i asked a fellow rider friend he says get the 1200 lol. I don't think i need 1200ccs I am currently riding a 300cc and love it but its not exactly highway friendly and is unreliable. I am saving up for a new bike and have really narrowed it down to the street 750 and the 883. The price difference between the two is not a big gap so the decision is tricky. Splurge a little and get the 883 or stay with the 750? Another possibility is a used 883 but i don't know if I wanna go the used route. What i have now is used and problem after problem. Any input is appreciated, Thanks.
If you already have experience on a 300 then either the 883 or the Street 500/750 are an easy transition. The primary difference will the the Street 500/750 are slightly smaller and easier to handle but it won't be a significant difference from the 300. Slightly heavier with more power but something you'll quickly adapt to.

As for performance the Street 500/750 and the Sportster 883/1200 all have more than adequate power for riding on the streets, highways, and freeways. It's been a long time since I've ridden a 500cc motorcycle (a Honda 500cc four-cylinder) and it had no problem at freeway speeds of up to 75 mph and still had enough power to go faster.
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They both work great. I think the best thing to do is wait for the 750 and go and check out both

I am also a fan of the Iron
I agree. Nothing beats test riding the motorcycle and then get what you like the most.

I also like the looks of Iron 883 but haven't ridden one (yet).
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